The LMC promised to update you regarding progress about the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) registration process. As you know, we have already advised that:
The British Medical Association (BMA) has met regularly with the Department of Health and Social Care and others involved in the implementation of the Directive to ensure that the interests of GPs are represented and any adverse implications of its introduction on practices are mitigated. The BMA has argued strongly that the NHS must fund the equipment required and make the necessary IT equipment available to facilitate the Directive so that the impact on the workload of GPs and their employees is kept to a minimum.
Please see links from the BMA which might be of interest:
Read the BMA guidance
Read GPC executive member Krishna Kasaraneni’s blog on Brexit and the falsified medicines directive
There is also some very helpful advice on the Dispensing Doctors’ Association (DDA) website that recommends that practices start the registration process with ‘Securemed’. Due to the absence of Government guidance you do not yet know the system you will be using, so you will be unable to complete the registration process, but you can start it.
We would recommend that each practice undertakes this first step of registration. It will provide evidence of intent to comply, allowing you to begin the process and yet does not involve incurring any costs whatsoever at this stage.
The DDA advice, which can be found here, is really useful. As soon as any more information of help is published, the LMC let you know. In the meantime, please contact the LMC office if you have further questions about any aspect of the FMD.